Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thursday We Honor Virginia's Heroes

5/20/2008 12:53:00 PM (email)

Dear Friend,

This Thursday at 3p.m. in Richmond we will be holding a very special Memorial Day weekend event in honor of the brave Virginians lost in the Global War on Terrorism. I hope you will be able to join us.Last year we unveiled the Virginia Wall of Honor, a permanent memorial to Virginians lost while serving our nation in the Global War on Terrorism, from the bombing of the USS Cole to the present day. 141 names and pictures were placed on the Wall, which is located in the Main Street lobby of the Office of the Attorney General. Now, one year later, we are sadly adding 29 more names and pictures. The service and ultimate sacrifice of these brave Virginians reminds us daily that we live free because they stood strong.

On Thursday we will gather at the South Portico of the State Capitol in Richmond for an hour long tribute to our Virginia heroes. The speakers at this year's event will include Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Adjutant General of Virginia Major General Robert Newman, Jr., a family member of one of the Virginia Heroes, and several others. There will also be an F-18 Jet Flyover, a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter flyover, a 21-gun salute, and music by the Fort Lee Army Band.

I hope you will be able to make it out this Thursday afternoon, as we begin Memorial Day Weekend by remembering those who make our freedoms possible. Many of you have served. Everybody knows somebody who has worn the uniform. On Thursday let's show the families of the fallen, the soldiers currently serving in the field and the entire world that Virginia will never forget the brave men and women who have given their all in defense of freedom, liberty, and the United States of America.

Bob McDonnell

For more information about the Virginia Wall of Honor please visit: http://www.vaag.com/PRESS_RELEASES/NewsArchive/052407_Wall.html

Event Details

What: 2008 Virginia Wall of Honor Ceremony

When: 3:00p.m., Thursday, May 22nd

Where: South Portico, Virginia State Capitol, Richmond